2020 Toyota Yaris

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$17,000 - $18,750
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2020 Toyota Yaris Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Pranav Gupta Content Writer Updated on: November 26, 2019


Debuted at the New York International Auto Show, the 2020 model year Toyota Yaris amps up the head-turning quotient with style, features, and practicality. Carrying traits from Mazda 2, the all-new Yaris Hatchback will be offered in mono-spec LE and XLE grades placed at $17,750 and $18,750 respectively. The 1.5L inline 4-cylinder engine mated with 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels is the only power option. The integration of active safety features, built-in navigation along with Google & Apple supported mirroring technology up the ante for Toyota.

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Pros

Agile Handling and superb ride quality

Mazda 2 skeleton and construction.

Comprehensive utility and practicality

Integration of Android Auto and Apple Carplay

Cons

Automatic emergency braking work in limited condition

Lack of Manual Transmission kills the fun

What's New?

The 2020 model year Toyota Yaris hatchback is an all-new version.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17000

bodystyle

5dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

106 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

103 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

58.8/58.4

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

161.6 in.

width

66.7 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

2396 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

86.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.9 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

32/35/40 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
 2020 Toyota Yaris 3 Quarter View  2020 Toyota Yaris Left Side View  2020 Toyota Yaris Wheels  2020 Toyota Yaris Right Side View  2020 Toyota Yaris Rear View
Interior
 2020 Toyota Yaris Cargo Area  2020 Toyota Yaris Rear Seats  2020 Toyota Yaris Center Console  2020 Toyota Yaris interior  2020 Toyota Yaris interior

Styles

 2020 Toyota Yaris in Chromium color  2020 Toyota Yaris in Frost color  2020 Toyota Yaris in Graphite color  2020 Toyota Yaris in pulse color  2020 Toyota Yaris in Sapphire color  2020 Toyota Yaris in Stealth color
Chromium

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Ratings

Features

4.0

Engine

5.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Exterior

4.0

Safety

7.0

5.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Toyota Yaris Base

Base

power
106hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$17,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
5dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $17,000 MSRP (32/36/40) 106hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual TBD 5

 2020 Toyota Yaris LE

LE

power
106hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
35 combined

$17,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 5dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $17,750 MSRP (32/35/40) 106hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive TBD

 2020 Toyota Yaris XLE

XLE

power
106hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
35 combined

$18,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 5dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $18,750 MSRP (32/35/40) 106hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual TBD 5

Expert Review

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With the reincarnation of the Toyota Yaris with Mazda 2 bones has replaced the automaker’s subcompact hatchback for good. Like the Yaris sedan, the hatch is placed with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but unfortunately, it can only be had with an automatic transmission (a manual is offered on the sedan). Hoping it drives like Yaris sedan, the hatchback is around 10 inches shorter than the sedan, at 161.6 inches, still, it offers a better cargo space behind the rear seats, at 16 cubic feet. Toyota estimates the Yaris hatch will accomplish the same 40-mpg EPA highway rating as the automatic-transmission sedan. Further, the hatchback’s design and dimension add utility while driving in an urban setup, easy parking is one such example.

The 2020 Yaris hatchback went on sale in September in LE and XLE trim levels, priced at $17,750 and $18,750 respectively. The use of upscale interior material and additional features differentiate the XLE from LE. For buyers looking at subcompacts, the new Yaris is Toyota’s trump card with better-looks, a big Toyota hexagonal grille grafted onto the front of the Mazda design. Like the Yaris sedan, it also assures sportier drivability than many subcompacts. The automaker has managed to add Yaris hatchback to its kitty of subcompact line-up where it joins the Corolla Hatchback. Also, it rivals the likes of Honda Fit, Kia Soul and Subaru Impreza.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

4.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

4.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Toyota Yaris Features

4.0/10

Toyota is offering two trim levels for the Yaris hatchback, LE and XLE. The Yaris hatchback has done away with the value-oriented L trim, leaving it for the sedan only. The LE comes standard with proximity-key entry, forward-collision warning, and, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XLE adds the upscale feel with equipment such as LED headlights & DRL’s, leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. 

Either trim level can have in-car navigation with a dealer-accessory SD card. However, missing sunroof in Toyota Yaris can’t be questioned for the price label it is tagged with.

Trims

LE Hatchback

XLE Hatchback

MSRP (1.5L 4 cyl Engine FWD)

$17,750

$18,750

Key Features

Fog Light

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

 

Heated power outside mirrors with LED turn indicator

LED auto on/off headlights
   Rear Spoiler  LED Daytime Running lights
 

16-inch Alloy wheels

 Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
   Smart Key System with Push Button start  Automatic Climate Control
   Android Auto and Apple Carplay  Leatherette-trimmed sport front bucket seats
    Leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio, cruise and phone controls

Toyota-built Yaris hatchback has been designed and equipped to fulfill the desire of every consumer to own, run and maintain a car as cheaply as possible. The only powertrain carried over from the Yaris sedan pumps 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque mated with 6-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel-drive comes standard.

What do we recommend?

At an extra $1000, the XLE in addition to the standard tech and features flaunts the use of premium interior material and integration of advanced safety technology. The Yaris XLE hatch offers a comprehensive package with a pinch of style, superb drivability and added safety at just $18,750. Thinking of owning your first car, you can trust Toyota Yaris hatchback with a blind eye.

2020 Toyota Yaris Engine

5.0/10

Under the hood, a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque, feels adequate considering the lightweight Yaris having 2396 lbs of the curb weight. The engine showcases ultra-quick responsiveness, thanks to the high-compression (12.0:1) and direct fuel injection.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Engine

The 6-speed automatic transmission’s torque converter locks in all gears for quicker, more direct shifts and greater fuel efficiency. Much to the surprise in this class, availability of the Sport Mode altogether changes the car’s personality with increased acceleration response.

Models

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

MSRP

$17,750

$16,190

$17,490

$19,095

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

1.5 L Inline-4

2.0L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder

2.0L Flat-4

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-speed manual

5-Speed Manual

Power

106 hp @ 6000 rpm

130 hp @ 6600 rpm

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

103 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

114 ft-lbs. @ 4600 rpm

132 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

145 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

On paper, Toyota Yaris is behind its rivals in terms of powertrain options and power generated. The likes of Kia Soul and Honda Fit offer much higher power and torque output but are also heavier. The Yaris hatchback is not crafted as a highway cruiser or for a rally thrill. The utility of the Yaris hatchback, offering a comfortable city ride with the right amount of torque to keep up the lane overtaking with an exceptional fuel economy is beyond comparison.

How fast can Toyota Yaris go?

The Toyota Yaris Hatchback is aerodynamically designed adding up to the sporty look. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission is easy-to-go and joy. But the convenience and practicality of the continuously variable transmission may be preferred. Also, for fun-loving folks, the manual transmission has entered oblivion for Toyota Yaris hatch. Let us be very clear, the purpose of Yaris hatchback is to be a daily commuter with some occasional adventure that too within limits. 

Based on the sibling sedan which reaches 0-60 mph in around 9 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. The performance is not neck-snapping though.s

Models

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

0-60 MPH

8.0

8.4*

6.5

9.2

Quarter mile

14.0

16.3*

15.0

17.1

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

1.5 L Inline-4

2.0L

2.0L Flat-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.1*

5.3

5.9

5.9

The optimal acceleration and transmission make Yaris Hatchback a great car for even the beginners as it showcases the ability to manipulate the engine rpm at any speed. Also, the standard front-wheel drive with all the trims is common with the segment except the Subaru.

How do the brakes perform on Toyota Yaris?

The Toyota Yaris is equipped with Power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes and 9-in. rear drum brakes. The brake pedal is firm and responsive. Also,

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

it enables composure and reacts progressively when cornering. Entering the curve, the brake pedal provides smooth operation, then leads into a more rigid feel as g-force rises.

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Brake Front(in)

10.2

10.3

11

11.6

Brake Rear(in)

9

7.9

10.3

10.8

Curb weight(lbs.)

2396

2522

2844

2985

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

126*

114

121

The Toyota Yaris Hatchback has below average curb weight and the brakes are in perfect sync with its construction. In terms of rear brake size, the Yaris hatchback only trails from the Subaru Impreza The Yaris hatchback will not disobey and performs as expected.

How are the Toyota Yaris ride and handling?

The Yaris sedan is known to deliver sporty, predictable handling. Expectedly, the Yaris hatchback’s superior handling is bind into its engineering. The body structure of the Yaris comprises of 65 percent ultra-high tensile steel using straight beams for maximum strength and rigidity. With high structural integrity, the Yris Maza bones allow the MacPherson strut front suspension teamed with a torsion-beam rear axle to be tuned for ride comfort and agile handling. The brakes are perfectly tuned to allow a progressive feel while cornering. The brake pedal provides smooth operation.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Steering

The 2020 Yaris hatchback offers class-above driving dynamics. Not just fat tires and stiff suspension help in making it fun to drive but the electric power steering system provides a direct yet light feel aided by a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel. Its ride is firm without being too stiff, and its reflexes are better composed and more predictable than those of other subcompact cars.

2020 Toyota Yaris Fuel Economy

7.0/10

With no surprise, the Yaris hatchback proves the automaker’s high appetite for fun and low appetite for fuel. The efficient 1.5L four-cylinder engine mated with 6-speed automatic transmission along with its lightweight and aerodynamic design shall be credited for highly-efficient Yaris.

With the highest mileage and range within the segment, Toyota Yaris proves to be the best choice for this youth-oriented, pocket-friendly hatchback.

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

MPG (city)

32

29

25

24

MPG (highway)

40

36

31

31

MPG (combined)

35

31

27

26

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

11.6

10.6

14.3

13.2

Range (Cty/Hwy) (miles)

371.2/464

307/382

386.1/471.9

317/409

The phenomenal fuel economy ratings of Toyota Yaris draws attention as it is easier to own a car than to run it. This myth has been busted by the automaker, making sure Yaris be the first choice of the young automobile owners.

2020 Toyota Yaris Interior

The five-door subcompact Yaris seats five people. The Yaris cabin inherits its thoughtful ergonomics and attractive styling from Mazda. The front seats are comfortable and provide a decent amount of space but the rear feels a bit cramped for taller passengers. There are two LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear seats. The tether anchors are easy to identify and locate but the lower anchors are mounted deep into the seat cushion, making it a bit difficult to access. Also, outward visibility is supplemented by the 

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback seats

The Yaris hatchback’s interior is a well-constructed layout. The standard interior features a few hard plastics and use of cloth upholstery, but most parts comprise of soft-touch surfaces. For the price tag that the Yaris carries, the interior is much richer than it may seem. Synthetic leather-trimmed front seats and a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. Stepping up to the XLE brings a taste of luxury with the use of upscale equipment like leatherette seating surfaces, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlamps, and leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

87

95.7*

102.2

112.1

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.2/53.2/41.9

39.5/54.8/41.4

39.4/55.5/41.1

39.8/56.7/43.1

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.2/50.0/34.4

37.5/52.6/39.3

39.5/54.7/38.8

37.2/55.6/36.5

Also, the Yaris hatchback employes extensive sound-absorbing measures, including a noise-insulating windshield along with sound-absorbing material inside the tailgate, parcel shelf, and spare wheel. This helps to reduce high-frequency noise entering the cabin from the rear. The standard instrumentation system is comprehensive with digital and analog display.

How is the Infotainment system in Toyota Yaris hatchback?

The Yaris hatchback is equipped with a standard 7-inch Touchscreen display atop its dashboard. The logically placed and convenient rotary knob in the center console makes it easier to use the infotainment system. The Toyota has maximized the connectivity and control with the integration of Android Auto and Apple Carplay as well as voice recognition and Bluetooth wireless technology.

2020 toyota yaris hatchback infotainment system

USB ports and an auxiliary input ensure connectivity for all types of devices, and the sporty steering wheel integrates control switches for the audio and phone.

However, the audio system offers low fidelity opposite to the claim of the automaker for the audio system ready to rock or hip-hop with clear, powerful sound played through six speakers. There is another surprise from the 2020 Yaris Hatchback, the integration of standard navigation hardware.

Key Infotainment Features:

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • 6 speakers audio system
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • AM/FM radio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

How big is the cargo of 2020 Yaris Hatchback?

Similar to its sedan sibling, the Toyota Yaris hatchback flaunts a longer wheelbase of about 101 inches. The Yaris hatchback can swallow about 16 cubic feet of cargo, greater than its predecessor as well as three cubes more than the sedan can handle.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Cargo space

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

15.9

16.6

24.2

20.8

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

N/A

52.7

62.1

N/A

The packaging of the interior is amazing. Granting space for five passengers and a wide, easy to use cargo area. Though the Kia Soul tops the list with maximum cargo offering with Subaru Impreza and Honda FIt trailing.

Key Interior Features:

  • Chrome/metal-look interior accents
  • Rear 60-40 bench seat
  • Leatherette instrument panel insert
  • Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter and push-button controls
  • Integrated backup camera
  • Normal and Sport driving modes
  • Smart Key System
  • One 12V auxiliary power outlet
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Seats
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback infotainment system
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Steering wheel
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Dashboard

2020 Toyota Yaris Exterior

4.0/10

Being an urban dweller, driving and parking a car becomes a major concern. But at 161.6 inches long, the Yaris Hatchback can hasten into any parking space where most others pass up. The car’s super-tight 32.2-ft. turning circle is another boon. The Corolla hatchback is the next largest hatchback in Toyota’s line-up and is just 8.3 inches longer.

2020 Toyota yaris hatchback side view

The long list of standard exterior features which otherwise comes optional or with high upgrade models include Smart Key Entry with Push Button Start, fog lights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear backup camera along with the driver and front passenger sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors. The presence of 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body-color side mirrors and door handles, and a chrome tailpipe tip set the premium tone.

Model

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Curb Weight(lbs.)

2396

2522

2844

2985

Length(in)

161.6

161.4

165.2

175.6

Width(in)

66.7

67

70.9

70

Height(in)

58.9

60

63

58.9

Ground clearance(in)

5.5

4.4*

6.7

5.1

Wheelbase(in)

101.2

99.6

102.4

105.1

Track width(in) F/R

58.8/58.4

58.1/57.7*

62.0/62.4

60.6/60.8

Toyota has stepped up its game with the sportier look of its hatchback. The amalgamation of big Toyota grille on to the Mazda skeleton turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Also, the Yaris hatchback design isn’t boxy or sedated but is modern and athletic.

Key Exterior Features:

  • Rear Lip Spoiler
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Heated door mirrors
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback side view
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback side view
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 3rd quarter view
2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback exterior

2020 Toyota Yaris Safety

7.0/10

The structural rigidity and high tensile strength of Toyota Yaris along with standards active safety features make it safer than ever. The Yaris hatchback is equipped with a Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System which scans the road ahead for potential vehicle collisions and should the driver not respond, this system may automatically apply the brakes. However, this system isn’t responsive at higher speeds.

The Toyota Yaris for the 2020 model year manages an impressive five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. Though the safety data from IIHS isn’t available yet for the 2020 model of Yaris. Based on last year, Yaris sedan was rated “Good” in terms of crashworthiness but scores a “poor” rating for headlights under crash avoidance and mitigation.

Key Safety Features:

  • The array of six airbags
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), 
  • Traction Control System (TCS), 
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), 
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), 
  • Brake Assist (BA), and Brake Override System (BOS).

2020 Toyota Yaris Competition

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Vs Honda Fit

The Honda Fit offers more passenger and cargo space than the Yaris hatchback, but are equipped with almost similar features. The rear of Honda Pilot is bliss and allows you to move the back row into multiple configurations which enhances the hauling capacity even further. Both vehicles suffer from lackluster acceleration though.

2020  Honda Fit Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Vs Kia Soul

With a higher torque of Kia Soul, its engine does an excellent job of transmitting power to the wheels than Yaris. The Kia Soul has a significantly larger turning radius than the Toyota Yaris, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots. Although the cargo capacity is similar for both, the Toyota Yaris leads in terms of better fuel economy.

2020 Kia Soul Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Vs Subaru Impreza

The Toyota Yaris hatchback is more efficient, handle and ride better because it weighs less than the Subaru Impreza. Also, the shorter Yaris beats the Subaru Impreza sedan in easier handling, making it maneuver and park in tight spaces quite easily.

2020 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

 

2020 Toyota Yaris Final Verdict

The 2020 Yaris embodies the ideal formula for modern hatchback appeal: make it fun, make it efficient and keep it affordable. The 2020 Yaris hatchback is a solid choice among its rivals. It offers plenty of standard features added with good drivability and reliability. On the road, Yaris accomplishes excellent gas mileage with impressive handling agility. That said, the Yaris may not excite you with a thrilling acceleration in front of more powerful rivals which are much more appealing.